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LAVC Art Gallery


Mara Lonner: Burnouts

Mara Lonner

March 17, 2016 – April 28, 2016

Opening Reception for the Artist:  Thursday, March 17, 6 – 8 pm

Please note the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery will be closed during the following:

  • Cesar Chavez Day - March 31, 2016
  • Spring Break - April 1 to April 8, 2016

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present Burnouts, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Mara Lonner. Lonner—with a lifelong interest in nature, architecture, and drawing—works with a variety of mediums, techniques, and genres. The artwork in Burnouts is no exception.

The exhibition focuses on Lonner’s recent series that employs the technique of drawing on black velvet, creating large-scale wall hangings that investigate the themes of loss and extinction. In addition, Consequential Abstraction Series, a tangential body of work was created while making the Burnout Series, is also featured.

The title of the exhibition refers to the burnout drawing process (also called devoré)—a technique in which Lonner applies by hand a chemical gel containing sodium hydrogen sulphate to a mixed-fiber material, thus dissolving away the cellulose-based fibers (rayon) and leaving behind the protein-based ones (silk). This results in a semi-transparent image against a more solidly woven fabric.

Lonner’s subjects are methodically chosen from her collection of images culled from the Internet to convey a multitude of meanings. For example, one of the velvet drawings depicts the last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha; she died at the Cincinnati Zoo, around September 1, 1914, and was roughly 29 years old. The image is a momento mori—a reminder of our mortality. Moreover, it speaks poignantly about the destruction and slaughter of our natural resources by the hand of man.

As Lonner states: “When making the velvet drawings, a large amount of fugitive fibers are released and displaced throughout the studio. The Consequential Abstraction Series captures a portion of these process remnants on prepared paper mounted on panels. These panels are covered with objects found in and around the space where I am working. When the velvet drawing is completed, the objects are removed from the panels, and the fibers that remain are fixed to the surface. Material that could be lost is repurposed into another work as a consequence of the capture.”

Lonner lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA and MFA from the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia. Recent exhibitions include LAXART, Hollywood, California; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, and Cue Art Foundation, New York. The artist recently completed a large-scale, public art installation for the San Angelo Park community center in La Puente, California, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and was awarded a project for the Intergenerational Center in the San Fernando Valley in which she collaborated with artist Kim Schoenstadt, commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Lonner is presently completing a glass pavilion for the Crenshaw/MLK station of the Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX line.

DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:

From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.


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Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the lots: LOT B (northwest), LOT C (north), or PARKING STRUCTURE on Ethel Avenue.

During the opening reception, parking is free. Parking permit is required during regular gallery hours.


The LAVC Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. The exhibition is open during regular gallery hours.

Monday to Thursday, 1 – 4 pm and 6 – 9 pm

All exhibitions and events are free to the public.


Sam Lee, Art Gallery Director
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401

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